Join this 7-day retreat by Mahasiddha Yoga to purify your body, mind, and spirit as a unity, opening your spiritual eyes and your hearts so that you can see and feel the divine inside of our being and all around us. You will practice meditation, Hatha yoga, the yoga of light and other ways of entering high, elevated states of consciousness. Through this retreat, we will create a space in which we can truly connect with the heart and soul. Much of the practice of meditation and yoga in the second part of the retreat will be devoted to the awakening of the spiritual heart, the only gate to authentic self-knowledge.
In this retreat, you will be accommodated at Amavarati Ashram. You'll sleep soundly in your well-appointed single, double, or deluxe room in the ashram palace, which is specially designed in the Indian feng shui tradition of Vastu, including a pool and a garden.
Mahasiddha Yoga teaches the true art of living, of saying yes to life and embracing body, mind, emotions, and relationships as gateways to fulfillment and spiritual growth. The Tantra Immersion modules offer the deep and systematic study of Tantra yoga in theory and practice in a seven day intensive study. The week-long course focuses on elevating consciousness and living a full, abundant life, walking the path of Tantra and yoga to the heights of profound spiritual development.
This retreat will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai is a laid-back city in Northern Thailand with plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Chiang Mai offers the best of both city and outdoor life. You can shop till' you drop at one of the big malls, visit one of the many Buddhist temples, or grab an a cup of tea at one of the many excellent coffee bars, which will, by the way, likely have excellent wifi.
Chiang Mai also offers a wide variety of fabulous yet affordable food options. Just outside of Chiang Mai, there are many opportunities to explore the beautiful nature in the rice paddy fields or lush tropical landscapes. Go for a hike, visit a waterfall, or cycle up the Doi Suthep mountain - so much to do!
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In this retreat, you will be served delicious vegetarian and vegan food three times a day.
The Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, located sixty kilometers from Chiang Mai. ENP offers an alternative to the elephant tourist shows and elephant riding packages, instead educating tourists about elephants and their natural way of living. Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river and surrounded by forested mountains, visitors have the opportunity to see the rescued elephants roam in their natural environment. Volunteer opportunities area also available.
You get the opportunity to get close to and bond with the elephants at feeding time. Big buckets full of fruits are brought to the platform and before you know it, the elephants arrive, swinging their trunks in front of the visitors in search of their favorite watermelons and pumpkins. Did you know that elephants eat an astonishing 10% of their own body weight every single day? To top that of, later on in the day you’ll also get to bathe some of the elephants in the river.
This is truly a life changing experience and you will never want to ride an elephant again after you’ve visited this special sanctuary. The entrance fee to ENP is 2,500 THB, including hotel pick up around 08:00 and return to Chiang Mai around 17:00.
The ‘Sticky Waterfalls’, officially known as Buatong or Bua Thong waterfalls, is one of the most popular to visit. The waterfalls are called ‘sticky’, because you can actually climb up the waterfall without slipping. This is possible because of a unique calcification that’s built up over years providing natural steps to climb. If you have always dreamt of being Spiderman, this is your chance. There is no deep pool to swim in, but you will definitely get wet climbing these waterfalls, so make sure you bring some dry clothes.
Located 60 kilometers outside of the city, it will take approximately an hour to drive to the Sticky Waterfalls on a motorbike. Alternatively, you can rent a songthaew to take you there. If you do take a songthaew, make sure it will be a return trip. This is a pretty remote location and there are no songthaews waiting to bring tourists back to the city.
If Chiang Mai would have a middle name, it would be ‘temple city’. There are over three hundred Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, some dating back to the thirteenth century. To give you an impression, this relatively small historical walled city is home to thirty temples.
The signature temple of Chiang Mai, however, is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. This historical temple is located high up on the Doi Suthep mountain, is said to have been founded in 1383 and offers a beautiful view over the city. Many people hire a songthaew (a red taxi truck) to the top, but if you are more adventurous you can rent a motorbike and drive the curvy road up the mountain yourself. The entrance fee is 30 THB for foreigners.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transport from and to the airport are included. Mahasiddha Yoga will pick you up at the airport.
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